CYO Basketball Tourney Semi-Final ScoresSunday (2-11)St. Louis-1 63 Holy Family 40All Saints 64 St. Michael’s 61Championship-Sunday, February 18St. Louis-Batesville at 1 PMBatesville vs. All SaintsSt. Louis-1 advanced to the championship game of the Batesville Deanery tournament with 63-40 win over Holy Family.St. Louis would jump out to early 9 point lead after 1 period. We weren’t playing our best to start the game but were able to get the lead. St. Louis would stretch its lead to 16 at half. We were missing 2 players and had 2 other players that weren’t completely back to full health, so to be you 16 and not playing are best, I was pleased.In the 2nd half St. Louis would see its lead continue to grow and would gone on to win easily. Even though we would maintained a large lead, I never really felt we were in complete control game. We were glad to get the win, but we are going to have to play a lot better if we want to win the deanery tournament.These kids have played hard all year to get to the championship game and now we are one win away from winning it.STL Scoring. Kyle Siefert 21, Lane Oesterling 16, Alex Westerfeld 7, Nathan Eckstein 7, Sam Bedel 4, Evan Straber 3, Sam Giesting 3, Mitchell Ertel 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.
Press Association Watson carded a second successive 69 to add to his opening 66 as he and fellow left-hander Scott Langley secured their places in the final group on Sunday. Five birdies in six holes on the front nine took Watson to the fore, the highlights being excellent approaches to six feet at the third and eight feet at the sixth. He overhit his flop out of a bunker at the 12th and duffed a chip at the next and though he holed a long birdie putt at the par-three 16th, even that good work was undone at the last. Casey’s approach spun back off the green and after another indifferent chip, he again missed a makeable putt. Ben Martin, Ben Curtis and Andrew Svoboda were at seven under, the latter holing from a greenside bunker to birdie the last for a 68. Rory McIlroy is among the group on six under after following up his nightmare 78 on Friday with a three-under-par 69 on Saturday. The Northern Irishman, who held a three-shot lead after shooting a brilliant 63 in his opening round, looked set for another forgettable day as he bogeyed three of his first six holes. However, birdies on the fifth, eighth, 17th and 18th, combined with an eagle three on the 11th, saw him climb back up the leaderboard and a good final round could yet see the BMW PGA Championship winner challenging the leaders. He was six inches short of an eagle at the par-five seventh, with his good run of holes marred only by a bogey at the fourth. Dropped shots on the 11th and 18th restricted his lead, though he added one more birdie with a 12-foot putt on the 15th to ensure a third sub-70 round. Langley produced a bogey-free 67, with a solitary front-nine birdie at the fifth and a strong back nine. He picked up shots at 10 and 11, holed a long putt at 15 and sent a bold approach narrowly over a bunker and close to the pin on 17 for another birdie. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama is a shot further back at 10 under after a closing 15-foot birdie putt gave him a round of 69. World number one Adam Scott is alone in fourth at nine under Casey recorded a disappointing 76 to slip down the leaderboard to eight under, though he is in good company in a group containing young sensation Jordan Spieth, who shot 67, and major winner Charl Schwartzel. The damage came on the back nine as Casey bogeyed the 10th and missed a short birdie putt on the par-five 11th after a clever chip. Bubba Watson took a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio as overnight leader Paul Casey fell away.
A.J. James knew he had found something special the moment he first saw Rhiann Newborn play.Part of it was her natural talent, fostered at an early age by her father, Darryl Newborn, and developed through a constant presence at junior tournaments in her hometown of Houston. Part of it was her boldness, like the way she shouted “out” when the ball fell out of bounds, while her opponents would silently raise a finger.James was so impressed with Newborn, then 12 years old, that he introduced himself to her father soon after that first match. The two got along so well that by the time the tournament ended, James had added a budding star to the roster of AJ Elite, a tennis academy for future college prospects that James operated himself. “Since he’s a big guy he scared me a little bit,” Newborn said of that first meeting. “But once I met him he was really nice. He’s so motivated about the sport and wanting to make his players better.”Seven years later, Newborn has become a promising star for Syracuse (2-0) in its first full season under head coach Younes Limam. The sophomore has won both of her singles matches this season and one of two doubles matches with senior partner Amanda Rodgers. She will attempt to continue her success on Saturday against No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of this may not have been possible without James, who prides himself on AJ Elite’s track record of getting athletes into college. Over 130 of AJ Elite’s former students have made it to college and about 16 former students are now nationally ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals, James said.“They like my serious, no-nonsense style,” James said. “I don’t swear at them and I don’t berate them.”Newborn, like many of AJ Elite’s athletes, was homeschooled for high school, which allowed her more time to improve her abilities and reach for a college scholarship. Days were often split between lessons taught by her father and James, with breaks for schoolwork and studying in between.During Newborn’s six years working with James, she won the most tournament matches in the 11-year academy’s history, he said. “In tennis you have to have a healthy arrogance about yourself because if you don’t, you’ll get torn to shreds,” James said. “And that’s something that Rhiann has about herself. I always tell my kids you talk with your racket and that’s what she’s done.”Darryl Newborn said James offered his daughter support throughout the college recruitment process. The academy played a key role in helping Newborn determine which tournaments to enter and how to use those tournaments to improve her talents.AJ Elite also helped her find friends who could double as her competitors, especially in the large group setting of James’ practices.“With the big group it really motivated me to get better,” Newborn said. “They helped me push myself through the times that I was not doing too well.”Over the years, James formed a bond with the Newborns that remains strong two years after Newborn committed to Syracuse as a five-star recruit. James speaks to the Newborn family around once a week, and Darryl Newborn considers James to be a “very big part” of their family. When asked to be James’ best man at his upcoming wedding, Darryl Newborn agreed.“When the kids spend nine to 10 years with someone every day, it almost becomes like a second parent,” Darryl Newborn said. “He’s had to teach her not only how to play tennis, but how to be a human being, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:07 am
A record-breaking number of students attended rush events for sororities and fraternities during fall rush this year, with a potential new member class of 1,046 women rushing sororities.The nine sororities participating in rush were encouraged to offer more bids this year as a result of the large class, which broke the previous record of 953, USC Panhellenic President Megan Lambert said. Houses offered 737 bids this semester, with about 70 to 90 pledges in each sorority’s class.Roughly 300 students dropped out of Panhellenic’s rush and some students were not offered bids. Lambert said this happens every year, however.“There’s no guarantee that women will be matched up with a chapter, unfortunately,” Lambert said.USC Interfraternity Council President Michael Madden said official rush numbers will not be released until next week after IFC’s secondary rush ends. Madden said that, on average, more students attended rush events each night. Potential new members were asked to sign in to IFC’s computer system at each house they visited during rush events.“Every single day we were getting 50 more check-ins than what we had last year and the years prior,” Madden said.During house tours Sunday, for example, 1,054 potential new members signed in compared to 1021 students last year, Madden said.About 400 students received bids from fraternities, but more bids will be offered during IFC’s secondary rush, Madden said. Secondary rush will be held at The Lab on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Despite the logistical challenges created by the increased number of students during the rush process, Lambert said she saw the bigger rush class as a positive change overall.“We are thrilled that there are so many women looking to join the Panhellenic community, and we can’t wait to welcome our new members,” she said.
Gretchen Dahlinger Means, formerly serving as an expert for sexual assault and complex litigation in the United States Marine Corps, was appointed as the executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and USC’s Title IX Coordinator Thursday.The decision was announced in a memorandum sent out on by Todd Dickey, the senior vice president for administration.Means’ job will include “[leading] our compliance and training efforts related to Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and equal opportunity and affirmative action regulatory requirements,” Dickey said in the memorandum.In the Marine Corps, Means served primarily in the Western Region. She established domestic violence and sexual assault protocols that are now implemented nationwide across the Corps.Additionally, she has experience in training lawyers and others in legal professions.Means will supervise investigations into reported incidents of harassment and discrimination based on protected characteristics cited in the USC Codes of Conduct.Means, who has a background in the legal profession as a deputy district attorney in San Diego, earned her J.D. from the UC Hastings College of Law.Means will be working primarily with Dickey, as well as with Janis McEldowney, the associate senior vice president for human resources.This announcement comes in the midst of an ongoing federal Title IX investigation that was launched at USC in 2013.
After a sweep of crosstown rival No. 11 UCLA in Westwood and a thrilling five-set victory against No. 8-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto, two of USC’s seniors were named Pac-12 Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.Senior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms was voted as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while senior outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for a record fourth time this season, a feat that no player in conference history has ever accomplished.The senior duo led then-No. 3 USC to a pair of road victories to start conference play undefeated, while also pushing their record to a spotless 14-0 overall. Now, USC sits towards the top of the AVCA national rankings at No. 2 overall, 20 spots higher than their ranking of No. 22 during the preseason.With the award, Bricio also becomes the most lauded player in USC history, as this marks her seventh time winning Offensive Player of the Week. She is the seventh player in conference history to receive weekly honors seven times or more in her career.On Sunday, the Women of Troy stormed Maples Pavilion and earned a dramatic five-set come-from-behind victory against the Cardinal to keep their perfect record intact and remain undefeated in conference play.It certainly wasn’t a pretty win, with a combined 46 hitting and serving errors on the evening for the Women of Troy, but USC went the distance for the first time this season and was able to pull out the gutsy (26-24, 19-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13) victory in Palo Alto. USC now improves to 14-0 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-12 play while Stanford drops to 7-3, 1-1 in conference.Even though his team did not play all that well, head coach Mick Haley thought his players could learn a lot from their performance in a tough environment.“I think this win means we can certainly get a lot better, but now they know how to win when they’re not at their best. They’ve got a great team concept and they’re playing off each other’s enthusiasm,” Haley said.Bricio had yet another career-high performance, this time scoring a personal best of 34.0 points on a game-high 27 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and five service aces. The Women of Troy had 63 kills compared to Stanford’s 56, with Bricio accounting for 43 percent of her team’s kills.“Her performance today is why I think she’s a serious candidate for Player of the Year. When a player steps up like that in every facet — serving, passing, blocking and hitting — you can win a lot of games even when the rest of the team isn’t playing so well. Her play was huge,” Haley said.Ogoms had a whopping nine blocks on the afternoon, good enough for match-high honors, while also adding eight kills on a .438 hitting clip. Junior setter Alice Pizzasegola directed the USC offense with 34 assists and eight digs, while junior libero Taylor Whittingham had a match-high 15 digs.USC’s three freshman starters all provided significant contributions on the afternoon as well. Setter Baylee Johnson filled the stat sheet with a solid all-around effort, adding 17 assists, five kills, nine digs and five blocks, while outside hitter Alyse Ford finished second on the team with 12 kills. Victoria Garrick, a first-year defensive specialist playing in front of her family and friends, tallied 14 digs in the back row to finish second on the team and added one service ace.Haley was proud of how his young players fought throughout the match.“The freshmen really grew up tonight. They had their ups and downs, and each one of them had stuff to work through, but they’re learning how to do it and they’re gaining experience,” Haley said. “When we can win to go with that experience, that just gives them more and more self confidence.”After a tight 26-24 first set victory, USC fell behind in the match after Stanford won two straight sets. This would be the first time all season that the Women of Troy have dropped more than one set in a game. The fourth set, however, went USC’s way with a 25-17 win, forcing the fifth and decisive set. Bricio added six kills in the frame to solidify the 15-13 comeback victory.With the win, USC snapped Stanford’s 27-match home winning streak at Maples Pavilion, their first loss since USC beat them in five sets back in October 2013. The Women of Troy also remain one of five unbeaten NCAA Division I teams this season.USC will now head home for a pair of conference games against the Washington schools. The Washington State Cougars come to the Galen Center on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. to take on the Women of Troy in the first game of the series. Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, No. 2-ranked USC and No. 5-ranked Washington face off for an afternoon top 10 showdown at 1:00 p.m.“We have to take it one game at a time. Now we have to put this win behind us and think about Washington State next,” Haley said. “They’re going to come to Galen and try and do the same thing we did to Stanford on our home court, so after tonight our focus has to shift to the Cougars.”
Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays. The women’s water polo team won its fifth national championship in program history on Sunday, adding to the impressive — yet largely unnoticed — dynasty that is water polo at USC.When you think of dynasties in Trojan athletics, you immediately think of football — the Pete Carroll era, the success under John McKay and John Robinson — or maybe baseball and Rod Dedeaux’s 11 national championships in a 45-year tenure.But flying under the radar is water polo — a sport that barely registers on the casual USC fan’s radar — and Jovan Vavic, the head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams, who has amassed more national championships than any coach in USC history, but could walk straight down Trousdale and go unrecognized.His resume features 14 national championships (five women’s, nine men’s) and 22 Coach of the Year awards (12 National Coach of the Year honors and 10 MPSF Coach of the Year awards). His winning percentage is above .700 with both the men and the women’s teams. On the men’s side, he has appeared in 11 consecutive national championships, and from 2008 to 2013, his team won it all. Every year. Six years in a row.Vavic is essentially the John Wooden of water polo, and it’s no secret why. He demands the best from his players and never expects anything less. Observe him during a game and he is intimidating, to say the least, with his booming voice barking orders at his players and yelling at the referees.And he never stops coaching. In a game in late March, as the women’s water polo team was ahead by five goals against Cal in the season finale and a minute away from clinching a perfect 21-0 regular season, Vavic barked at his team to press or pressure the opponent. They didn’t, and he called a timeout to light up his players.“Why didn’t you press?” he yelled loud enough for everyone present at Uytengsu Aquatics Center to hear.Mind you, this was in the final minute of the final regular season game that was well out of reach for the opponent. It was the equivalent of a basketball coach telling his or her team to stage a full court press with a 20-point lead in the final 30 seconds. But that’s just the way Vavic is.“He just keeps pushing and pushing and pushing,” junior attacker Stephania Haralabidis said after the 11-6 win over Cal. “He’s a perfectionist. That’s good. If we have a 5-goal lead, we start relaxing.”And relaxation is not an option for Vavic, at least in the pool. Take a look at this excerpt from a feature on Vavic in Los Angeles Magazine:“This is, after all, the man who lines up players along the outdoor pool deck and laces into them as they stand shivering. Who kicked a container filled with medicine balls so hard, he broke a toe. Who angrily drew a circle on a whiteboard, explaining that it was the empty dessert plate of a player he then blasted for being too slow.”Vavic has a strong “tough love” approach that is demanding but has earned the respect of his players.“Him screaming at us makes us go like this,” Haralabidis said, throwing her hands in the air. “It helps a lot.”Two months later, Haralabidis would find out how much it helped. She scored the game-winning goal to win the national championship for USC, delivering a left-handed strike from the right side into the back of the net with six seconds remaining to give the Trojans an 8-7 win over Stanford and capping off a 26-0 season for the Women of Troy.Vavic is, in many ways, the perfect water polo coach. Water polo is not a sport for the weary, a fact that I was quickly introduced to when covering the men’s beat last season. The water might make it appear like a graceful, agile sport, but make no mistake: it is physical, fast-paced and demanding. Treading water for 32 minutes is hard enough without worrying about the holding, strangling and shoving — and that’s just what happens above the surface. I’ve heard of players purposely growing their toenails out, and let’s just say it’s not because they have regular pedicure appointments.A tough sport calls for a tough leader, and for more than two decades Vavic has continuously found the right formula to lead his teams to the top, year upon year. The championship win on Sunday — Vavic’s ninth in nine seasons — further cements his legacy as an all-time legendary coach in USC history.Amidst the coaching carousel that has embroiled the football team in recent seasons, it is refreshing to see that at least one program at USC has a coach with all the job security in the world, coaching two teams and delivering winners on a regular basis. Maybe it’s time for Trojan fans to start paying attention to him and his sport.
Comments Published on September 9, 2020 at 11:56 pm Contact Danny: email@example.com | @DannyEmerman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Despite the unknowns of the 2020 season, Syracuse faces one certainty: Almost every game will be held in an empty stadium. For now, that includes the recently renovated Carrier Dome. There will be no deafening third downs. No ‘O’ chant in the Star-Spangled Banner. No Dome nachos. “I think it’s going to be really weird,” said preseason All-American safety Andre Cisco. “I’ve seen the NBA guys do it, and they haven’t flinched at all. It’s a lot different with football, especially college football, when the fans are on your team, basically. It’s tough, but I guess we’ll have to do it for the sake of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is working on contingency plans should Gov. Andrew Cuomo change course on banning spectators at athletic events, Director of Athletics John Wildhack said. But that seems unlikely given New York state’s cautious reopening process.Having a fanless Carrier Dome for football, SU Athletics’ biggest source of revenue, will impact Syracuse’s bottom line. The ripple effects of athletes playing in empty stadiums, likely for the first time in their lives, will extend far beyond the Dome’s concrete walls. An empty Dome will lead to millions in losses for the university and surrounding areas, experts told The Daily Orange. SU football generated $43.8 million of the athletics department’s record $99.8 million total revenue as of 2018-19, the most recent data available. Jeremy Losak, a professor of sports economics at Syracuse, estimates that roughly 20-30% of that football money came from ticket sales. “It’s just going to be eerie,” said Danny Liedka, CEO and president of Visit Syracuse. “This is a sports town, this is a Syracuse town. I think there’s an emotional component that people are going to suffer, too. You get to go there, get to cheer on your team, enjoy friendships and family together in a great setting.”Visit Syracuse is a branch of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce focused on growing Onondaga County’s tourism industry. SU sporting events drive millions into the local economy from fans who come from outside central New York and spend money at games, hotels and restaurants, Liedka said. But without fans, that revenue dries up. “It’s a big hit,” Liedka said.,“The fall and the winter were potentially that light at the end of the summer,” Liedka said. “Hotel workers, I mean, 86% of all hotel workers in this county are not working right now. They don’t have to clean a room or don’t have to service a guest, they don’t need those people back. So they’re going to stay unemployed.” The Crowne Plaza on Almond Street reduced its staff by about 70%, from 100 people to between 25 and 30, general manager Kyle Hares said in an email. No fans means fewer transient guests this fall, which will hamper the hotel industry’s comeback, Hares said.Beyond Syracuse, programs across the country are handling the prospect of no fans in varying ways. Some Atlantic Coast Conference schools are planning to operate stadiums at limited capacity to recover some of the losses. The three times Syracuse could play in front of fans — at between 20% and 30% capacity — are away games at Clemson, Louisville and Notre Dame. The ACC will reportedly allow home teams to pump in artificial crowd noise to replicate a typical gameday environment. Boston College launched a program where students can pay $25 for a personalized cardboard cutout in the stands. A team official couldn’t yet provide specific plans for in-stadium accommodations at Syracuse.On the field, some players anticipate a scrimmage-like atmosphere, while others worry about not getting an extra boost from fans on key plays. Cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu said players might be more “locked in” since they’ll be able to hear their coaches from the sidelines more clearly. “That’s definitely going to be weird at first,” defensive end Kingsley Jonathan said. “The main reason you play in the Dome is for the energy that everybody brings from the school and the community.”,But the reality of the fan effect, according to some studies, is that energy — from foam fingers to fight songs — doesn’t actually change player performance that much. A 2010 study of Italian soccer matches played in empty stadiums found that home field advantage disappeared, and it had almost nothing to do with the players. Performance — shot percentage, passing accuracy and defense — remained the same as before fanless games. Syracuse’s defense probably didn’t get that goal line stop because the student section yelled a little bit louder. Home field advantage does exist for a different reason, though: the officials. The biggest impact of the absence of fans is that home teams getting more favorable calls effectively disappears. The same study concluded favorable calls for the home team dropped by 23-70% in empty stadiums. Toby Moskowitz, a Yale economics professor and co-author of “Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won,” said that conclusion applies to all sports, including college football. Social influence, a psychology theory stating that humans’ behaviors are affected subconsciously by an environment, explains the difference in officiating, Moskowitz said. In an official’s case, that environment is 49,057 Carrier Dome fans screaming.“It’s not like we’re seeing referees making bad calls on obvious calls,” Moskowitz said. “They’ll call it against the home team if it’s clear-cut. It’s when they’re not sure. That’s when they tend to side with the home team.” Since Babers took over the program in 2016, Syracuse has gone 15-10 (.600) in the Carrier Dome and 7-14 (.333) on the road. The signature moments of Babers’ teams — upsetting No. 17 Virginia Tech in 2016 and the national defending champions Clemson in 2017 — both came in the Dome and led to “Whose House?” postgame speeches.Syracuse also led the ACC in penalty yards per game (73.9), so losing the benefit of the doubt at home won’t help the Orange’s cause either. The flipside of losing home field advantage is that Syracuse’s opponents do, too. SU’s road record could potentially improve this year through playing in essentially neutral sites. There will be no fans at either of the Orange’s first two games, at North Carolina and at Pittsburgh.“I guess we don’t have to deal with no trashy fans,” safety Eric Coley quipped Sept. 1. Those teams — and their college towns — will be dealing with the same fanless stadium ripple effects as Syracuse. Some strange, some obvious, but all real. “It’s going to feel different,” Coley added. “But football’s going to stay football.”
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros LOS ANGELES — Shohei Ohtani stood at the end of a long corridor running behind the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium when he met with a gaggle of reporters Sunday morning.Ohtani assessed his season’s first half, beginning with the lofty comparisons to Babe Ruth, penciled in the Angels’ lineup as their starting pitcher or designated hitter, to an elbow injury that has limited the two-way star for the past month.“I didn’t set any expectations for myself,” the rookie from Japan said through an interpreter. “I just wanted to see how things pan out. I think I had some ups and downs, but overall it went pretty well.”Due to the sprained ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, Ohtani’s appearances since June 6 have been limited to starting at DH or pinch-hitting — he bats left-handed. He may not pitch again this season, though, and will be re-evaluated on Thursday, one day before the club returns from the All-Star break. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and underwent stem-cell therapy to help heal his damaged ulnar collateral ligament last month. The Angels have not decided if Nick Tropeano will return to their starting rotation after the All-Star break or be sent on another rehab assignment, as Scioscia said the right-hander’s next step will be determined in the following days.Tropeano has been out for a month with a shoulder injury.With a rash of injuries to their rotation, the latest last week when Garrett Richards opted for Tommy John surgery, the Angels have been left to use as many as 12 different starting pitchers in the first half of the season.The need for healthy arms would not spark Tropeano’s return.“When Nick’s ready, there’ll be an opportunity,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to make sure he’s physically ready to meet the challenge. That’s the overriding factor, not what’s going on with the team.”ALSOAngels outfield prospect Jo Adell went 1 for 4 with one RBI, including a sacrifice fly, and scored on a wild pitch in Team USA’s 10-6 win over the World in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C. As part of his rehabilitation, Ohtani has gone through strength and conditioning exercises. In the weekend series against the Dodgers, began with a double and a walk as a pinch hitter, then struck out in the ninth inning Sunday against closer Kenley Jansen.Over the All-Star break, he said he planned to continue working out, but “mainly I’m just going to relax.”Prior to his elbow injury, Ohtani had made nine starts for the Angels, pitching every seven days, and was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 3.05 strikeout-to-walk ratio. At the plate, he has hit .283 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.His workload as a two-way player was similar to Japan, he said, where the 24-year-old had previously played professionally.“Nothing’s too much or too hard,” Ohtani said. “I think I’ve adjusted pretty well.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The Angels enter the All-Star break with a 49-48 record, sitting in fourth place in the AL West, and nine games back in the wild-card race, but Ohtani was hopeful he could help the club push toward the playoffs.“I still think we have a shot at the postseason,” Ohtani said. “We just need to take it game by game and try to win as many games as possible obviously.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.FIELDING LEFTJustin Upton was a finalist for a Gold Glove Award last season.Several advanced metrics suggest his fielding has taken a dip this summer.Upton, the left fielder acquired by the Angels late in the season, had eight defensive runs saved in 151 games in 2017.Through his first 89 games this season, Upton had one defensive run saved. His ultimate zone rating, used by Fangraphs to “quantify how many runs a player saved or gave up,” has dropped from 4.4 to minus-1.8. Most recently, in a 5-4 win over the Dodgers in 10 innings Saturday, a pair of line drives sailed over Upton’s head late in the game.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he had little concern.“He does a good job in left field,” Scioscia said. “It’s just occasionally with any outfielder, you’re going to get a misread here or there.”TROPEANO RETURN DATERelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
The B&H Women youth football representation (U-18) will be the host of the UEFA development tournament from 18 to 21 March. In addition, the selections of Montenegro, Greece and Croatia will also take part.There are 20 players on the list made by selector Momčilo Stanić. Young Bosnian players will play their first match against Croatia on 18 March, at the stadium of Slavija in Eastern Sarajevo. The day later at Koševo they will play against Greece, and on 21 March against Montenegro, in Eastern Sarajevo.The assembly of all representatives is scheduled for 15 March in Sarajevo.(Source: Fena)